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Essex Crossing developers hire all-union staff

Massive mixed-use Lower East Side development slated to create up to 80 jobs

February 18, 2015 11:15AM

Rendering of Essex Crossing (credit: Handel Architects) (inset: Ron Moelis)

Rendering of Essex Crossing (credit: Handel Architects) (inset: Ron Moelis)

BFC Partners, L+M Development Partners and Taconic Investment Partners — the developers of Lower East Side megaproject Essex Crossing — announced today that the 1,000-unit complex will be staffed entirely by union workers.

The developers signed an agreement with building workers’ union 32BJ SEIU for the approximately 80 jobs at the completed project to be set aside for union employees. Additionally, the partnership will also help fund a training program for area residents to gain skills that will help qualify them for the available jobs, an unprecedented move, according to the union.

“After decades of community feedback, we’re crafting Essex Crossing to reflect the soul of the Lower East Side,” Ron Moelis, CEO of L+M, said in a statement. About half of Essex Crossing’s units will be affordable, Crain’s reported.

The first phase of the project is set to begin this summer and will include 561 units, a relocation of the Essex Street Market, and an annex of the Andy Warhol Museum. The developers have not yet decided whether union labor will be used for construction.

The project will also house Regal Cinemas, which signed a 15-year lease. [Crain’s] — Tess Hofmann

  • Robert Stillman

    While this very cool development is under construction it is worth considering no fee apartments in NYC that are in the area. Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town (PCVST) is a wonderful alternative that has a wide range of apartments available that are surrounded by a park-like setting and more amenities than you can image. It has an outdoor stage, ice rink, volleyball and basketball courts, dedicated hot spot and play areas for kids and adults. Visit the office and they can show you an available unit. Good luck.

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